Because winter starts in an even year this year (2016), when a snow emergency is in effect, parking is allowed on the even-numbered side of the street ONLY, unless the street has posted signage that states otherwise. Vehicles parked on the odd-numbered side of the street must either be moved to the even side, or to another location. Due to parking limitations in the City, municipal and school lots will be made available to residents during snow emergencies. The City maintains a list and map of available lots. Vehicles MUST be moved from the odd side within four hours after the snow emergency has been declared, or they will be ticketed and towed in accordance with the City Code of Ordinances.
It is important that vehicles be parked only on one side of the street as noted above to ensure plows can make all roads accessible and safe, particularly for emergency vehicles. Ticketing AND towing of vehicles parked on the odd-numbered side of the road (or as otherwise posted) will commence four hours after the snow emergency is declared. Parking-related fines during snow emergencies include:
Failure to Move Car to Proper Side of Street: $100
Tow Zone / Obstructing Plow: $100 (imposed by towing company)
Parked within 10 feet of Fire Hydrant/Designated Fire Lane: $100
Parked within 20 feet of an Intersection (state law): $100
If your vehicle is towed during a snow emergency, you should contact Pat’s Towing at 617-776-5810.
Off-Street Parking: Municipal and school parking lots are available to residents during snow emergencies.
AFTER a Snow Emergency
Cars parked in City or school lots must be moved within two hours after the end of the emergency. Permit parking enforcement citywide resumes 24 hours after the snow emergency has been lifted. It is the responsibility of residents to clean off their vehicles and ensure the vehicle’s Residential or Visitor parking permit is visible within 24 hours after the end of the emergency. Parking Control Officers are not authorized to remove snow from any vehicle. If the permit is not visible, the vehicle WILL be ticketed for a Permit Parking Violation.
City Ordinance normally restricts any vehicle from remaining in the same space on any street for a period exceeding 48 hours. This rule is not in effect DURING a snow emergency. However, 48 hours after the snow emergency has been lifted, this violation will be strictly enforced on both the odd and even sides of the street. Failure to comply will result in the ticketing and potential towing of the vehicle.
Residents may NOT put objects on the street to reserve parking spaces, per Section 12-18 of City Code of Ordinances. Objects used to save parking spaces may be collected and disposed of.